Meeting Planners

You are here

Environmental Focus Aims for Moscone Center LEED Platinum Status

Learn how the expansion of San Francisco's Moscone Center is raising the bar on how green a venue can be.

Sustainability Is the Word

The Moscone Center expansion is innovative in many ways, but one of the most important is its environmental friendliness.

With the expansion, the Moscone Center is adding to a legacy of environmentally friendly development. “We’re tracking above the requirements for LEED Platinum,” says Lynn Farzaroli, senior director of the Moscone expansion for San Francisco Travel Association. Platinum is the highest level the U.S. Green Building Council can give a project, and only a few thousand buildings across the globe have achieved it.

The Moscone Center will be upgrading one of the largest publicly-owned solar power systems in the nation. The extensive panel array will supply the center with approximately 20 percent of its power.

Solar energy isn’t the only way that Moscone has historically invested in environmental friendliness. The center also saves materials that would otherwise go to landfills. Attendees are encouraged to pack up every possible piece of merchandise, including reusable items or shopping bags or gift bags, for reuse and donation.

This is also the case for recycling. The Moscone Center has an in-house recycling system that decreases the impact of events and makes them easier to clean up for both organizers and staff.

In addition, all cleaning products from hand soap to floor cleaner to paint are environmentally friendly, according to the city’s guidelines.

The Moscone Center’s location also reduces its environmental impact. With 20,000 hotel rooms in easy walking distance, as well as a wide variety of restaurants and local attractions, Moscone dramatically reduces the need for visitors to drive or organize transportation. The expansion’s widened sidewalks and new pedestrian bridge only enhance these capabilities.

Additionally, the center has implemented a capture and treatment system for ground and rain water, and will be able to capture 15 million gallons a year for reuse both in the center and the surrounding community. This water will be used for irrigation, street cleaning and in restrooms.

This focus on environmental friendliness extends to the building’s infrastructure as well.

Daylight harvesting and green electrical technologies allow for zero-emissions electricity.

All of these advances aim to propel the expansion beyond LEED Platinum status. Farzaroli says this is thanks to the architectural design, building and operations of the Moscone Center.

“It’s a brand-new center with state-of-the-art everything and we’re really excited,” Farzaroli says.